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Andy Murray will play a 27-year-old German journeyman at Wimbledon on Wednesday evening after Oscar Otte came through a rare deciding-set tie-break late on Tuesday night. Given that Otte has won just a single match at a grand slam in his decade-long career, this looks an unmissable opportunity.
The only issue for Murray is likely to be the state of his body. The last time he put back-to-back victories together at a major was all the way back at Wimbledon in 2017, at a moment when his chronic hip trouble was beginning to bubble up into something more serious.
Then, when he beat Yoshihito Nishioka over five sets at last year’s US Open, he could barely walk the next day. He ended up being steamrollered by a ferocious Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round.
It was encouraging, then, to see that Murray had booked a light hit on Wednesday afternoon on Wimbledon’s Aorangi Park. He and his coaching staff were eventually forced inside by the showery weather, but this was a welcome sign after his herculean efforts against Nikoloz Basilashvili on Monday night.
Judging by the form we saw from Murray on Centre Court, his physical state would have to be atrocious for him not to progress. Because the tennis he produced was easily top-10 quality - perhaps even top-five given how uniquely well-adapted he is to Wimbledon’s slippery grass.
He started his first-round match by weaving a delicate web of slices and drop-shots, which often succeeded in making the clodhopping Basilishvili look more like Basil Fawlty. And then, in the early part of the third set, he introduced a level of power he hadn’t prodcuced since the insertion of his metal hip joint.
Admittedly, things became more complex from there. Having not dropped his serve all match, Murray lost his leg drive and started floating the ball down at a measly 77mph. The result was a seven-game losing streak that took him from the brink of triumph - at 5-0 up in the third set - to a 5-7 deficit and the necessity of a fourth set.
The fans grew restless and anxious, having assumed - like Murray himself - that the job was already done. Things could have turned nasty, and he admitted afterwards that he was already seeing headlines about how “you had choked”, or that “it's one of the worst defeats of your career”.
But he gathered his wits during the 10-minute break after that topsy-turvy third set - in which time the roof closed and the lights came on - and found a nice balance of risk and reward in the remaining nine games.
“That's never happened to me before,” said Murray of the rapid reversal of fortunes. “When you haven't played any matches, things can get away from you a little bit quick. At the end of the third set, I was starting to feel a little bit of fatigue and then I'm questioning, well, ‘If I end up losing this set, will I be okay to win in four sets or five sets?
“I dealt with the pressure really well,” he concluded. “It’s not easy going out there, having played as little as I have and practised as little as I have. I don’t think there’s many players that would have won that fourth set.”
When does Wimbledon start?
Wimbledon began on, Monday, June 28.
Where to watch Wimbledon on TV
The BBC has exclusive coverage of the tournament. Sue Barker will lead the coverage with the likes of Tim Henman, Andrew Castle and John Lloyd from the opening day.
Viewers can watch the action on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Red Button with up to 18 courts to choose from through Connected TVs, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and app.
BBC Two will also show Today at Wimbledon every evening, looking back at the day's play.
Day three order of play
Order of play on the show courts for day three of the All England Lawn Tennis Championship, Wimbledon, London.
(All times BST, seeds in brackets)
13:30: (1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Kevin Anderson (Rsa), Katie Boulter (Gbr) v (2) Aryna Sabalenka (Blr), Oscar Otte (Ger) v Andy Murray (Gbr)
13:00: (3) Elina Svitolina (Ukr) v Alison Van Uytvanck (Bel), (22) Daniel Evans (Gbr) v Dusan Lajovic (Ser), (21) Ons Jabeur (Tun) v Venus Williams (USA)
11:00: Alize Cornet (Fra) v (5) Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Can), Lucas Pouille (Fra) v (29) Cameron Norrie (Gbr), (16) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) v Thiago Moura Monteiro (Bra), (7) Iga Swiatek (Pol) v Vera Zvonareva (Rus), Madison Brengle (USA) v (4) Sofia Kenin (USA)
11:00: (7) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v Guido Pella (Arg), Fernando Verdasco (Spa) v (18) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul), (9) Belinda Bencic (Swi) v Kaja Juvan (Slo), Lesley Kerkhove (Ned) v (11) Garbine Muguruza (Spa)
11:00: Magda Linette (Pol) v Amanda Anisimova (USA), (17) Christian Garin (Chi) v Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Spa), (23) Lorenzo Sonego (Ita) v Joao Sousa (Por), Andreas Seppi (Ita) v Denis Kudla (USA), Nadia Podoroska (Arg) v Tereza Martincova (Cze)
11:00: Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) v Danka Kovinic (Mne), Daniel Elahi Galan (Col) v Federico Coria (Arg), Ellen Perez (Aus) v Clara Burel (Fra), Frances Tiafoe (USA) v Vasek Pospisil (Can)
11:00: Jil Belen Teichmann (Swi) v Camila Giorgi (Ita), Yasutaka Uchiyama (Jpn) v Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (Spa), Leylah Annie Fernandez (Can) v Jelena Ostapenko (Lat), Antoine Hoang (Fra) v Sebastian Korda (USA)
11:00: Botic Van de Zandschulp (Ned) v Gregoire Barrere (Fra), Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) v Ana Konjuh (Cro), Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) v Alexander Bublik (Kaz), Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) v (26) Petra Martic (Cro)
11:00: Aliona Bolsova (Spa) v (30) Paula Badosa Gibert (Spa), James Duckworth (Aus) v Radu Albot (Mol), Katerina Siniakova (Cze) v Yafan Wang (Chn), Egor Gerasimov (Blr) v (25) Karen Khachanov (Rus), Viktorija Golubic (Swi) v Danielle Collins (USA)
11:00: Corentin Moutet (Fra) v Aljaz Bedene (Slo), Greet Minnen (Bel) v Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus), Olga Govortsova (Blr) v Coco Vandeweghe (USA), Jiri Vesely (Cze) v Marton Fucsovics (Hun)
11:00: Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) v Yulia Putintseva (Kaz), Emil Ruusuvuori (Fin) v Marcos Giron (USA), Marco Trungelliti (Arg) v Benjamin Bonzi (Fra), (32) Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) v Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (Col)
11:00: Jaume Munar (Spa) v Ilya Ivashka (Blr), Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) v Zarina Diyas (Kaz), (31) Daria Kasatkina (Rus) v Patricia Maria Tig (Rom), (26) Fabio Fognini (Ita) v Laslo Djere (Ser)
11:00: Jordan Thompson (Aus) v (12) Casper Ruud (Nor), Christopher O'Connell (Aus) v (13) Gael Monfils (Fra), (12) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr), (9) Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) v Liam Broady (Gbr), Kristie Ahn (USA) v Sloane Stephens (USA)
11:00: Ana Bogdan (Rom) v (16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) v Mikael Ymer (Swe), Steve Johnson (USA) v Dennis Novak (Aut), Lauren Davis (USA) v (23) Madison Keys (USA), Dominik Koepfer (Ger) v Soon Woo Kwon (Kor)
11:00: (20) Aslan Karatsev (Rus) v Jeremy Chardy (Fra), Nao Hibino (Jpn) v Bernarda Pera (USA), Marketa Vondrousova (Cze) v (24) Anett Kontaveit (Est), Claire Liu (USA) v (18) Elena Rybakina (Kaz), Miomir Kecmanovic (Ser) v (8) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa)
11:00: (19) Karolina Muchova (Cze) v Shuai Zhang (Chn), Sam Querrey (USA) v (11) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa), (31) Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) v Brandon Nakashima (USA), (22) Jessica Pegula (USA) v Ludmilla Samsonova (Rus), (15) Maria Sakkari (Gre) v Shelby Rogers (USA)
11:00: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) v Alexei Popyrin (Aus), Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg) v Gianluca Mager (Ita), Sorana Cirstea (Rom) v Samantha Murray (Gbr), (13) Elise Mertens (Bel) v Lin Zhu (Chn), (10) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v Pablo Andujar (Spa)
11:00: Yoshihito Nishioka (Jpn) v (28) John Isner (USA), (32) Marin Cilic (Cro) v Salvatore Caruso (Ita), Emma Raducanu (Gbr) v Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus), Lloyd George Harris (Rsa) v (5) Andrey Rublev (Rus), (8) Karolina Pliskova (Cze) v Donna Vekic (Cro)
What are the latest Wimbledon odds?
Men's singles winner
Novak Djokovic 8/13
Daniil Medvedev 6/1
Roger Federer 9/1
Matteo Berrettini 12/1
Alexander Zverev 18/1
Women's singles winner
Ashleigh Barty 4/1
Aryna Sabalenka 9/1
Garbine Muguruza 11/1
Iga Swiatek 11/1
Cori Gauff 12/1
How much prize money is on offer at Wimbledon?
While the money on offer at Wimbledon usually increases each year, the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic have led to a 5.2 per cent drop in the overall prize pot.
There will still be £35,016,000 up for grabs in total, however, with the winners of the men's and women's singles finals getting £1.7million each.
Prize money breakdown in full
Fourth round: £181,000
Third round: £115,000
Second round: £75,000
First round: £48,000